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Looking To 1983 For Advice

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 14, 2011 – 4:40 pm

Every so often here at Redskins Park, someone opens a box from storage or a drawer that’s somehow been ignored for years, and finds something completely awesome. Here, Ryan Gracia looks at one of those somethings.

Tired of sifting through the internet for Redskins news, I decided to turn to the archives in Redskins Park to do some hands-on searching for material. I didn’t have to search for long before I found the April 4, 1983 issue of The Sporting News, with an article entitled “Beathard Honored for Rebuilding Skins.”

The article explained how the Redskins rode then-general manager Bobby Beathard to the top of the NFL in unorthodox fashion. Here’s a paragraph from that really caught my attention:

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Keenan McCardell Loves A Longshot

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 14, 2011 – 3:35 pm

Current Redskins wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell does an interview with his former team’s website. Brian Tinsman reports.

When Keenan McCardell was drafted by the Redskins in the Round 12 (326th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft, he was immediately inducted into the fraternity of “roster longshots.” While many in this group kick around the league for a few years before pursuing other careers, McCardell blossomed into a great receiver in Jacksonville.

In his 16-year career, he hauled in 883 receptions for 11,373 yards and 63 touchdowns. In 2002, he signed with the Buccaneers and led the team in touchdowns on the way to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.

In 2007, McCardell played his final season with the Redskins before joining the head coach Mike Shanahan’s coaching staff in 2010.

McCardell’s journey from forgotten draft pick in Washington to Pro Bowler gives him the perspective he needs to coach any receiver. John Oehser of Jaguars.com recently caught up with McCardell, who talked about the relationship with his players:

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Inside Redskins Park: 1995 Scrimmage Promo

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 14, 2011 – 2:23 pm

Ross Leonhart takes a look at some of the Redskins Park decor.

It’s easy to get tunnel vision walking into Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., walking in to see the three Super Bowl trophies still gleaming from the glory days.

But if you peer deeper, there is even more history here than meets the eye, most of it hiding in plain sight as simple decoration.

A short walk reveals a plethora of trophies, awards and historic memorabilia; not all of it is as mesmerizing as the Lombardis, but it’s all interesting in its own way. Take, for example, this promo for a Redskins scrimmage with the Pittsburgh Steelers on July 29, 1995.

What’s so special about a scrimmage that no one even won? (Each team played four 10-play drives).

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A New View From FedExField

Posted by Matt Terl on July 14, 2011 – 11:22 am

You know how sometimes when you’re watching a Redskins game on TV, they’ll come back from commercial on a shot of the Washington Monument or the Capitol or something before cutting straight to the action on the field? And you’re, like, Yeah, the Redskins and the monuments are all D.C. icons and I see what you’re going for, but the stadium’s actually ten miles away in a different state, so come on?

Well, the removal of several rows of seats from the upper decks at FedExField (which has been exhaustively documented on this blog) has had a somewhat awesome side effect that should mitigate that reaction, at least on clear days.

The pictures say it all, really. (Click to enlarge.)

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